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Warp Drive


Metro leaving the station
Washington, DC — August 2014
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III
Eastman Double-X (5222) + Diafine (stock) 3+3

The Washington Metro system has always been a favorite of mine, from the time it opened back 1976 to the present, through good times and bad.  I remember as a teenager seeing the coach doors swish open for the first time and thinking that the era of Star Trek had truly arrived, as everything was shiny and new and the architecture looked like something out of a sci-fi movie.

To this day I still like buying a ticket and wandering the length of the Metro system, looking for cool photo opportunities.

2 thoughts on “Warp Drive

  1. Jim Grey

    Has it really been open only since 1976? Amazing; I would not have guessed. The underground architecture is undeniably modern, but I can’t imagine DC without the Metro.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author


      My first ride on it was July 4th, 1978, when we went down to see the DC fireworks for the first time. As I recall, small parts of the Red Line within DC were the first to open in 1976, and we rode it shortly after service opened two years later in Montgomery County.

      Metro was desperate to get the early ridership going from the suburbs so the funds from Virginia and Maryland would continue to flow, so the first station to open in Montgomery County was Shady Grove, and the rest of the Red Line stations slowly opened after that.

      One of the tunneling engineers for the Metro project was a next door neighbor to us in Rockville, and he shared some of the horror stories they encountered while boring the tunnels under DC and into the ‘burbs.

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